TAKE A LOOK: COVID-19 in Riley County by the numbers on Dec. 30

(Infographic by Julie Freijat | Collegian Media Group)

The Riley County Health Department reported 199 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 30, bringing the local total to 4,917. Wednesday’s addition of new cases is the largest spike documented in over a month. There are 353 active cases in the county.

In all, 4,544 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Riley County.

On Dec. 23, the health department reported the 20th death in Riley County. The patient was an 88-year-old man who passed away at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. In December alone, five new COVID-19 deaths were counted.

(Infographic by Kaylie McLaughlin | Collegian Media Group)
(Infographic by Kaylie McLaughlin | Collegian Media Group)

Ascension Via Christi has 16 COVID-19 positive patients in its care at this time, four of whom are in intensive care.

The Riley County Health Department started administering COVID-19 vaccines to frontline healthcare providers. More are expected soon.

“These vaccines are being given to healthcare providers, EMS staff, first responders, some health department staff, and a few critical infrastructure staff who are most at risk for catching or spreading the virus, or are essential for the safety of the community,” local health officer Julie Gibbs said in a press release.

For the week of Dec. 20, the local positivity rate was 11.4 percent.

My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the ex-managing editor and audience engagement manager of the Collegian. Previously, I've been the editor-in-chief and the news editor. In the past, I have also contributed to the Royal Purple Yearbook and KKSU-TV. Off-campus, you can find my bylines in the Wichita Eagle, the Shawnee Mission Post and KSNT News. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a senior in digital journalism with a minor in French and a secondary focus in international and area studies. As a third-generation K-Stater, I bleed purple and my goal is to serve the Wildcat community with accurate coverage.